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Students from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan wanted to help eliminate two invasive species of mussels in the Great Lakes. Emily Marquette, Mahsa Banadaki and Wei Huang transformed zebra and quagga mussels into stunning blue Zebra Glass. This material would be perfect for artisanal, industrial, ceramic glass applications. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Called Cryptococcus neoformans fungi, this type of fungus was found growing inside the buildings of the Chernobyl disaster, and it one day could help protect humans from radiation on Mars as well as space travel. It was discovered in 1991, five years after the disaster, and it survives by feeding on radiation due to its high melanin content, a pigment found in skin which turns it dark. Read more for a video and additional information.
One big problem with traditional N95 face masks is that they can’t easily be sterilized for reuse, that is unless…you’re talking about iMASC (Injection Molded Autoclavable, Scalable, Conformable). Developed by MIT researchers, this mask can be sterilized in multiple ways without sacrificing its effectiveness. Examples would include using a steam sterilizer, heating them in the oven, or even soaking them in both bleach and rubbing alcohol. Read more for a video and additional information.
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European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (ESO’s VLT) has captured the very first image of a young, Sun-like star around two giant exoplanets. These two gas giants were observed in a planetary system around a star like our Sun that is located about 300 light-years away, called TYC 8998-760-1. They orbit at distances of 160 and about 320 times the Earth-Sun distance, meaning the exoplanets are much further away from their star than Jupiter or Saturn. Read more for two videos and additional information.
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We have seen the future of music streaming, and it will be transmitted directly to your brain, thanks to Elon Musk’s Neuralink. His brain interface company Neuralink is currently developing devices that can be implanted in the human brain, such as flexible threads, thinner than human hair, designed to be implanted into the brain to monitor brain activity. In other words, these are ultra high bandwidth brain-machine interfaces capable of transmitting brain impulses to machines, with the ultimate goal of humans merging with artificial intelligence. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Researchers from Durham University UK and the Fraunhofer Institute have developed Proteus, the world’s first manufactured non-cuttable material, which has just 15 percent the density of steel. It could eventually be used for indestructible bike locks, lightweight armor, and automobile panels in the future. This material is comprised of ceramic spheres in a cellular aluminum structure to stop angle grinders as well as drills by creating destructive vibrations that blunt the blades of any cutting tools. Read more for a video and additional information.
When NASA researchers observe a black hole, they normally view it at the center of a far-off galaxy, slowly consuming a disk of gas that swirls around it like water circling a drain. However, two years ago, astronomers were perplexed as X-rays from the black hole corona in a galaxy known as 1ES 1927+654 disappeared completely, fading by a factor of 10,000 in about 40 days. Even stranger, it almost immediately began to rebound, and around 100 days later, had become 20-times brighter than before the event. Read more for a video and additional information.
Photo credit: Solar Orbiter/EUI Team (ESA & NASA); CSL, IAS, MPS, PMOD/WRC, ROB, UCL/MSSL
ESA/NASA’s Solar Orbiter have transmitted the closest pictures yet taken of the Sun. This project is an international collaboration between the European Space Agency and NASA to study our closest star, the Sun, launched on February 9, 2020. It completed its very first close pass of the Sun in mid-June. The images above show campfires, or mini-explosions known as nanoflares, that help heat the Sun’s outer atmosphere to its temperature 300-times hotter than the solar surface. Read more for a video and additional information.
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Astronomers have discovered a massive celestial structure comprised of galaxies over 1.4 billion light-years long and 600-million light years deep in the skies over the South Pole. It’s officially been named the South Pole Wall, and located along the southern border of the cosmos from the perspective of Earth, consisting of thousands of galaxies, hydrogen gas, dust as well as dark matter. Read more for a video on galactic walls and additional information.
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University of Washington researchers have developed a GoPro for beetles, or in other words, a small wireless steerable camera that can also ride aboard an insect, giving everyone a chance to see an Ant-Man view of the world. This tiny camera streams live video to a smartphone at 1-5 fps and sits on a mechanical arm that can pivot 60°. Viewers would then be able to capture a high-resolution, panoramic shot or track a moving object while expending a minimal amount of energy. Read more for a video and additional information.